BJCEM Collaborative Projects
BJCEM is also committed, in collaboration with partners and donors, to carry out transnational collaborative projects to further other professional opportunities for young artists and curators from the Euro-Mediterranean region. Over the last years, 132 young artists have participated in the following projects:
- LandXcape, a multidisciplinary and integrated cultural approach to foster the identity and enhance the landscape heritage of the Salento region in Italy, promoted by the Puglia regional government, in collaboration with the Teatro Pubblico Pugliese and BJCEM. In the framework of the project a series of artists’ residences and workshops, led by professional tutors, was organised. The programme involved 60 artists, selected through BJCEM, that worked in six natural parks in the Salento region (Parco Dune Costiere – Ostuni; Parco Torre Guaceto – Brindisi; Parco Otranto/Leuca – Otranto; Parco Litorale di Ugento – Ugento; Parco Porto Selvaggio – Gallipoli; Litorale Tarantino – Manduria).
- Leaving the mark (2nd edition), led by the Municipality of Milan, the project was carried out in collaboration with BJCEM and the association Africa e Mediterraneo. The aim was to raise the awareness of young citizens as to the reality of immigration and asylum and to draft a common action plan aimed at increasing, through the use of art as a medium, their commitment against racism and all forms of intolerance and discrimination. Concretely, “street art” was used in the workshops held in several high schools in Milan and a residency program was launched, involving 4 young artists selected through BJCEM.
- UP-Urban People, led by the Municipality of Milan, in collaboration with BJCEM and Fluxlab, the project focused on the issues of inclusion, insecurity (real and perceived), multi-ethnicity and marginalization in four suburbs of the city of Milan (Giambellino-Lorenteggio, Adriano-Padova-Rizzoli, Corvetto-Chiaravalle-Porto di Mare, QT8-Gallaratese). It proposed new and innovative perspectives, through the use of creative visual and multimedia artistic languages, to promote a critical analysis of the specific realities in these urban peripheries. The project included a residency program involving 4 photographers and 4 video makers, selected through BJCEM.
- UK City Takeover Nottingham 2019, immersed visitors in a series of innovative and contemporary works of art by over 200 artists from three continents. Visual arts, performances, music and words animated cultural spaces and unusual places throughout the city. BJCEM selected the 60 young international artists that participated in the project.
- A Natural Oasis? is a two-year nomadic, free school dedicated to the development of new curatorial research in the fields of contemporary visual and performing arts stemming from the geopolitical peculiarities of the artistic landscapes of European territories considered as remote, marginal, small, insular or liminal. The aim is to build a transnational cultural platform able to critically question the ideas of territorial remoteness/marginality/smallness/insularity through the lens of artistic research, triggering a reflection on the fictional procedures that have powered the idea of Europe in its geopolitical and cultural immunity through the exclusion or vampirization of its “provinces”. The project also focuses on the controversial notion of the lack of cultural professionals in “peripheral” cultural and artistic systems in relationship with on-going processes of educational centralization and with the concentration of artistic legitimation processes in big European “centres”.
The first edition of A Natural Oasis? took place between 2013 and 2015, the second edition between 2016 and 2017 and most recently, the third edition of A Natural Oasis? brought about the development of the curatorial concept of School of Waters and was appointed as the curatorial board of the Meditarranea 19.